Inoculation against bad judgment?

From a reader: “A close friend just gave birth, and has stated that she does not plan to vaccinate her baby.

“My wife is due to give birth in a month. I feel strongly that anti-vaccination believers are anti-science and acting contrary to the public good.

“My guess is that the immediate medical risk to our child will be quite small, but I disagree with this woman’s decision so strongly that I want to make an issue of it. I feel caught between the pressure to be civil and maintain good relations by not saying anything, and my sense that social pressure is an appropriate way to let this woman know that her choices are poor and contrary to the public good. Any thoughts?”

Have you known someone who chose not to vaccinate? What did you do? How would you handle it if you were in this new father’s position?

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